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24 vs. Wales

26 vs. Ireland

Saturday, 21 March 1885
Home International Championship 1884-85 (2nd) Match

England 1 Scotland 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
England Party

Scotland Party

Team Records

The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, Surrey
 Attendance: 6,000; Kick-off between 3.15pm to 3.35pm GMT

Scotland - Joe Lindsay ('kicked a fine goal' 20)
England - Charlie Bambridge ('after the Scotch goal-keeper twice saved his charge, Bambridge just managed to score a goal' 57)
Results 1872-90

England won the toss, Scotland kicked-off.


Match Summary

Officials [umpires and referees are of equal relevance]




Umpires -
Morton Peto Betts
37 (30 August 1847), Middlesex (Old Harrovians FC) &
James E. McKillop
(Scottish FA)

Referee -
John Sinclair

28/29 (1856), Belfast, Ireland (Irish FA)

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England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: White shirts, navy blue knickerbockers
Capt: Norman Bailey, eleventh captaincy. Selectors: The Football Association Committee following trial games, with Secretary Charles W. Alcock having the primary influence, on Monday, 16 March 1885.
England Lineup
  Arthur, W.J. Herbert 22 14 February 1863 G Blackburn Rovers FC 3 2 GA
  Walters, Percy M. 21 30 September 1863 RB Oxford University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC 2 0
  Walters, Arthur M. 20 26 January 1865 LB Cambridge University AFC & Old Carthusians AFC 2 0
  Bailey, Norman C. 27 23 July 1857 HB

Clapham Rovers FC

15 1
  Forrest, James H. 20 24 June 1864 CB

Blackburn Rovers FC

4 0
  Amos, Andrew 21 20 September 1863 HB Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC 1 0
  Lofthouse, Joseph M. 19 14 April 1865 OR Blackburn Rovers FC 3 0
  Danks, Thomas 21 30 May 1863 IR Nottingham Forest FC 1 0
  Brown, James 22 31 July 1862 CF

Blackburn Rovers FC

5 3
  Cobbold W. Nevill 22 4 February 1863 IL

Cambridge University AFC, Old Carthusians AFC & Corinthians FC

4 3
Bambridge, E. Charles 26 30 July 1858 OL

Swifts FC

13 12


reserves not known

team notes:

Percy and Arthur Walters were brothers.
Norman Bailey extends his record appearance tally and extends his record as the player with the most captaincies and Charlie Bambridge extends his record as England's top goalscorer, in this, the most experienced England team thus far.
This is the first time England have had back-to-back draws, but have now gone on a record unbeaten sequence of four matches.
2-3-5 Arthur -
P.Walters, A.Walters -
Amos, Forrest, Bailey -
Lofthouse, Danks, Brown, Cobbold, Bambridge


Age 21.9 Appearances/Goals 4.8 1.6

England teams v. Scotland:














Arthur P.Walters A.Walters Bailey Forrest Amos Lofthouse Danks Brown Cobbold Bambridge


Scotland Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Blue shirts, white shorts
Capt: Charles Campbell Selectors: The Scottish Football Association Selection Committee, chosen following a trial match.
Scotland Lineup
  McAuley, James 24 30 August 1964 G

Dumbarton FC

5 1
3 GA
  Arnott, Walter 23 12 May 1861 B

Queen's Park FC

4 0
  Paton, Michael nk not known B

Dumbarton FC

3 0
  Gow, John J. 25 4 October 1859 HB

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  Campbell, Charles 30/31 1854 HB

Queen's Park FC

12 1
  Anderson, William nk not known OR

Queen's Park FC

5 1
  Hamilton, Alexander 19 24 July 1865 IR

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  Sellar, William 18 21 September 1866 CF

Battlefield FC

1 0
Lindsay, Joseph 26 13 November 1858 CF

Dumbarton FC

6 3
  Allan, David S. 21 30 April 1863 IL

Queen's Park FC

1 0
  Calderwood, Robert 24/25 1860 OL

Cartvale FC

1 0


reserves not known

team notes:

SFA president, treasurer and secretary accompanied the team that received jerseys, badges and appearances, for the honour of playing against England and Wales.
James McAuley played as a forward on his debut, scoring one of the five goals, against Wales, 25 March 1882.
2-2-6 McAuley -
Arnott, Paton -
Campbell, Gow -
Anderson, Hamilton, Lindsay, Sellar, Allan, Calderwood


Age tbc Appearances/Goals 3.6 0.5


  Match Report

On Saturday at Kennington Oval elevens representing England and Scotland met to decide the annual encounter under Association rules. The afternoon was bright, and an immense company of spectators visited the Surrey County Cricket Ground. England at first defended the Vauxhall goal, and at 3 35 Scotland began hostilities with both wind and sun in their faces...

One of the home eleven then touched the ball with his hand, and Gow, to whom the free kick was entrusted, sent it to Paton. The latter gave it up to the forwards, and out of a scrimmage Lindsay obtained the first goal of the match for Scotland...

Macaulay stopped two consecutive shots, and had endeavoured to turn the ball away a third time when Bambridge secured it and kicked it through. The score was thus even, and the greatest excitement prevailed... - The Times - Monday 23rd March, 1885

It was the general opinion that had the Englishmen had six instead of five forwards their rivals would have had a very hard task to have averted defeat...

One of the finest contests that have ever taken place between the representatives of the two countries...

The Scotchmen have been so generally considered to be the superiors of the Southerners at the dribbling game that the splendid fight made by the home team after many reversals is the more satisfactory... - Bell's Life in London - Monday 23rd March, 1885


It was on 20 March 1885 that a verdict of accidental death was recorded on a 14-year-old girl, Harriet Haylock, who drowned when a rowing boat with ten people in, sank under the central arch of London Bridge, five days earlier.

Source Notes

This draw put an end to Scotland's run of twelve successive wins, a world record till Hungary broke it in 1952 and still the best by a British country.

England Football Factbook: Cris Freddi
Scottish Football Association
London Hearts
original newspaper reports
England Expects: James Corbett
FA Yearbooks 1950-60
ScottishSportHistory: Andy Mitchell
Anton Gorovik